Nothing takes the fun out of a day on the water like sea sickness. Whether you’re small vessel boating or on a cruise, the movement is often enough to cause nausea, the queasy feeling you get in your stomach with or without vomiting.
Nausea is a symptom of motion sickness that is usually triggered by repeated movements in different directions, such as the rocking you would find when on a boat. Large waves or swells can cause even a large cruise ship to rock about, creating motion sickness for some passengers.
Motion sickness has been described as a sensory conflict, when your inner ear balance organs do not agree with what your vision or your muscles are saying.
Since everyone is wired differently to process motion and movement, that conflict results in the queasy feeling we get with motion sickness. There are several things you can do to help with the sick feeling.
If you’re looking for medical relief, antiemetic medications will reduce the tendency to become nauseated. However, since they are slow acting, it is important to take them 12 to 24 hours before you anticipate being on a boat and then again an hour or so beforehand.
There are also prescription drugs (such as diazepam and lorazepam) and patches (scopolamine an antiemetic anti-nausea drug prescribed in a transdermal patch) available that you can discuss with your doctor.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a natural cure, eating foods such as apples and soda crackers has been said to help. Some say that the pectin in green apples helps neutralize acid in the stomach, while eating crackers may ease nausea. While medical professionals have not set out to prove this, numerous boating and cruise websites suggest it works.
You can also try a sure thing which is ginger. Medical studies have shown that ginger not only improves the symptoms that come with nausea, it also prolongs the onset and reduces recovery time. If all else fails, laying down and keeping your head still will also help ease the feeling of motion sickness.